2009 Columbus Day Tournnament Recap

The Bronx Emperors captured their 3rd Championship of 2009 as they defeated Stem 5-3. The Stem took the field as heavy underdogs
and for 5 innings they played the Emperors better than any other team had. The Stem held the Emperors to 2 runs and cracked their vaunted defense in the 5th inning by scoring 3 runs with clutch two out hits. They were led by Mid Outfielder Lenny formerly of the Leland Legends Short Stop Vic and Team Captain Sean who had the biggest hit a 2 out 2 run Double giving his underdog team a 3-2 lead. The Emperors as they have done all year long came right back in the bot of the 5th inning with a leadoff gametying HR by Emperor Co-Captain Tito. Short Stop Eric Rivera and Deep OF Chungo laced singles and Team Co-Captain Vido came thru once again for his team ripping a 2 out tie breaking hit giving his team the lead for for good. Although Al Jr of the Bronx Emperors was not present for the entire championship game, he earned this tournaments MVP by having a hard hitting consistent performance the entire weekend.
The Stem came to fight the fight and if nobody else believed at the Blvd they did. This is a team led by future stickball hall of famer Wayne Lippold and emotional leader Mid Outfielder Davey Hernandez.They play with the only female stickball player Jenn Lippold and they don’t miss a beat. The Stem added ex mates from Emperors past to their lineup and are now a force to be reckoned with. They defeated the Leland Legends to advance to the chip and Leland was the #1 seeded team in the tournament. The Stem showed that you dont need a roster full of all stars to win, they will be heard from.
The Emperors beat Gold 2-1. The Emperors let Gold off the hook early by failing on a bases loaded 1 out oppurtunity in the 3rd and in the 4th with runners on 2nd and 3rd base. Both times they didnt put the ball in play as they have in the past. The Emperors Defense shut down the Gold offense as they have most of 2009. The Gold have been the standard and the Emperors have measured up very well beating the Dynasty Gold in 12 out of the last 16 times they’ve met. The Gold revamped their team which now resembles the 2000 Bad Boys of Manhattan,nontheless they are out to retake what the Emperors earned this year- Championships!
3 for 3 “Triple Crown” in NYESL Tournaments. 2009 Stickball Emperors of New York. Congrats to the Emperors on an unbelievable 2009. Thanks to the fans who continue to support and to the teams that come out week in and week out.  See you at the Blvd!
 -Tito Rivera
2009 Labor Day Champs 
Photo by D-Lush.